- Dog suitable for owners with some experience
- Basic training required
- Need to be aware of potential health issues
- Enjoys active walks
- Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
- Large dog
- Some drool
- Requires grooming once a week
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
- Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
- May need additional training to live with other pets
- May need additional supervision to live with children
- Needs a large garden
- Can happily live in the city
- Can be left alone with training
|Colours:||The colour of the short coat comes in fawn and brindle, usually with some white markings; they can also be totally white in colour|
|Kennel Club group:||Working|
|Easy to train:||4/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||1/5|
|Likes other pets:||3/5|
Boxer dogs remain puppy-like throughout their lives, making them quite a handful! Lively, strong and loyal, they make great pets for all the family, adults and children alike, but can be boisterous so may not be suitable in a home with very young children - or where owners don't have time to give them the attention and exercise they need as they can get bored easily!
Fearless and very self-assured, they are not quick to pick a fight, but more than able to defend themselves if they have to. They do not like being left home alone and can become distressed and destructive.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Germany
The ancestors of this now well-known breed were the German Bullenbeisser and the English Bulldog - and for a while the breed was known as the German Bulldog. The Bullenbeisser was a formidable hunting dog who originally was able to tackle deer, boar and even bears, holding them by the nose until hunters arrived. By the late 19th century however, faster, lighter dogs became more useful than strong ones and so the breed became smaller before being crossed with the English Bulldog to create the Boxer breed.
After in-fighting between rival breeders as to what the Boxer should look like, the breed eventually stabilised in 1910, but then war broke out and the Boxer was drafted as a military dog acting as a highly successful messenger dog. After the war, many soldiers returned home and took the dogs who had fought alongside them with them where they became popular as family companions.
Did You Know?
- Many famous people have owned and loved Boxers - including Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. They got their first Boxer as a wedding present - then followed that up by getting two more.
- Their name comes from their tendency to stand up on their hind legs when playing and ‘box’ like a human does!
- The Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Tongue on a Dog’ belonged to a Boxer named Brandy, their tongue was a huge 17 inches long.
- Boxer’s are very excitable and always glad to see their favourite human, so much so that they’re known to do the ‘kidney bean dance’ which is where they’ll twist their bodies in a semicircle and start turning!
- As they have short muzzles, they’re known to snore quite a lot!